HPU’s December Commencement scheduled for Saturday

BROWNWOOD – December 11, 2013 – Howard Payne University will hold its Commencement ceremony this Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Brownwood Coliseum beginning at 10 a.m.

Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, and other university representatives will confer 63 undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Honorable J.D. Sheffield, D.O., State Representative for District 59 and family medicine doctor at Hillcrest Clinic in Gatesville, will deliver the charge to the graduates. He is a 1984 HPU graduate.

Among the students receiving diplomas will be Matthew Morgan, the first student to graduate from HPU’s New Braunfels Center. Morgan will receive a Master of Business Administration degree.

Additional program participants include: Corey Ash ’92, associate professor of music and director of bands; Dr. Donnie Auvenshine ’75, dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of Christian studies; Rev. Darrel Glen Beggs ’81, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Hillsboro; Rev. David Cozart ’96, president of HPU’s Alumni Association and minister of education/administration at Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Waco; William Colton Curry, graduating senior; Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, director of the graduate program in youth ministry and professor of Christian studies; Dr. Justin Murphy, dean of the School of Humanities, professor of history and director of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy; Dr. Lois Patton, director of the graduate program in business administration and professor of business administration; Dr. Leslie Plagens, dean of the School of Business and professor of business administration; Carter Sharpe, second vice chairman of the HPU Board of Trustees; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost; Jan Tucker, former instructor of education; Lana Wagner ’97, registrar; Dr. Julie Welker ’94, faculty president, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication Studies; and the HPU Instrumental Ensemble.

The Commencement ceremony will be preceded on Friday, Dec. 13, by Chime Out, an HPU tradition in which graduating seniors pass a chain of ivy to underclassmen, symbolizing the passing of authority, responsibility and privileges to those students who remain on campus to carry on the traditions of the university. Chime Out begins at 6 p.m. at the university’s Mims Auditorium.